2 Kids, 2 Adults, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Apartment: Part 1

This is a bit of an update from the original post 1-Bedroom Apartment Nursery.

Finally. FINALLY!! We have gotten our shit together enough to show you what is up with our baby nook. Our plan is to have future Fae in our room for 4-6 months, for the duration of the bulk of her night feeding, and then move her into Gabe’s crib while Gabe gets a floor bed and they will share a room.

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We are using Gabe’s mini crib that we had when he was born. We got a new mattress for it and all new sheets and mattress cover. Partly because I felt like new baby, new bedding. And partly because when we moved to Seattle the movers lost our mattress for that crib. Along with our broccoli rug and some other things (and broke some more stuff along with the lost stuff) (and no we weren’t paid for those things because the process was insane to make that happen and we were unpacking with a 9 month old and Kamel was starting a new job and he had to handle it through his work and ther was never time and it was just…. impossible).

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Floyd is back front and center! We are also using the whale painting we got in Maine and an ocean themed mobile for my little crabby cancer.

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So, with Gabe, I mostly chose art and baby prep accessories based on him being a Pisces. It was my anchoring thought. But crabs are not very cute. And crab art is kind of intense. So I went with the overall theme of summer baby. Summer colors, summer farmer’s market vegetables, the flower of July (Larkspur).

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The flower elephant print was a gift from Claire and created by Bridget Beth Collins at Flora Forager. All other prints (flowers and summer vegetables and mountain summer scene found on Scoutmob).

We have set up a night time changing station in our bedroom so that we don’t have to wake up Gabe during night feedings. The changing station on the ikea dresser we have in Gabe’s room will stay the main spot for diaper changing, and this area will be restocked for evenings only.

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I apologize for our blank walls. We are planning on having a print of Gabe’s baptism and one of our family photos up on the wall, but we’ll get there! One step at a time.

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Instead of buying changing pad covers for yet another changing pad, I picked up these waterproof, washable little mats at Target for $8. I also got this little basket thing for organizing our night time changing situation and any night time stuff we may need since this dresser is filled with clothes and we don’t have a drawer at the ready.

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We did end up getting a second diaper genie since diapers are in our room and I really enjoy not having diaper smells in all the places. People go back and forth on the usefulness of the diaper genie and others like it, but I have always been sold. Keeps smells way down  and is easier to store than another garbage can. I wish I could run diapers out to the garbage every time we change a kid, but being in an apartment building without a trash chute makes that ridiculous.

In part 2 I’ll show you the changes we’ve made to Gabe’s room to accommodate extra storage needed for another kid. I’m very big on only using space needed and not filling the space you have with unnecessary items. It’s been a challenge to figure out what to hold on to and what to get rid of. And I don’t feel comfortable jumping into bigger, more expensive living situations until we absolutely need them. A few weeks ago I had a realization that we are almost there. Very soon I will not be able to fit everyone in this place anymore. Even with my staunch no clutter rule. Even with my ability to find storage in the nooks and crannies. We are about to start busting out of this place. Change is coming. First more humans, then a new job for me… then a new home.

But until then the baby nook will have to do.

10 thoughts on “2 Kids, 2 Adults, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Apartment: Part 1”

  1. It looks lovely! And I’m with you, always maximize what you have now until it’s truly no longer a comfortable fit.

    Can’t wait to meet Fae!

  2. So CUTE! LB is going to have to lean on Auntie Lauren for decorative help some day because I’m absolutely crap at it. Ze is watching me type and just shouted with excitement so I think that’s a YES!

    We definitely didn’t Diaper Genie but it’s solely because we do have an easily accessible chute. I’m really glad, I hate tripping over too many things but no way we could deal if the trash didn’t go out every day, regularly.

  3. I love your baby nook!!

    Because you are one of the few people I know that moves as much as me I was wondering how you hang your pictures? Do you put up nails every time or use the command strip things? Putting nails in the wall is such a pain when you move a lot but I hate the wastefulness/costliness of the command strips so often I end up carting all my framed stuff from place to place and not putting them up. sigh.

    1. We use nails. I figure the always have to paint again anyways, so I let that % of our security deposit leave my brain. I give it up to the apartment gods, but actually i have only been in 1 place that had an issue with it. I try to get photos and art up as fast as i can otherwise I hit inertia.

  4. Thank you for sharing Fae’s nook! I’m totally stealing some of your ideas – baby #2 won’t have their own room, and Toddler #1’s room is too small to accommodate a baby sibling, so a nook it has to be, and I have been scouring the ‘net for inspiration. I love the astrological theme that you use for Gabe and Fae.

  5. fwiw, we have those changing pads and washed/dried them according to the directions. some are fine, but some melted in the dryer. so i recommend air drying them. they dry quickly… usually less than an hour.

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